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The Shadow

Coal City, IL

#21 Jan 11, 2008
What's with this constant Yellow Hammer bashing?
Jeez!
They've already beat you at your own game, because you look like jerks for talkin' smack.

A yellow hammer is a type of bird.
A yellow hammer is also a term derivative of the mining crew, or so I have heard.
Whether or not there is incest involved, you are bringing up a negative and pointless stand and it has no relevance to anything but hatred and ignorance.

"Wilmington was founded by Thomas Cox in the spring of 1836 as the town of "Winchester." The name was changed to Wilmington in 1838. The village of Wilmington was officially incorporated in 1854. An accidental discovery of coal occurred in 1863 by William Henneberry, and as a result, Wilmington was incorporated as a city. John H. Daniels served as Wilmington's first mayor."

A "white trash inbred" shouldn't be your problem, unless you plan on mating with it.
Since it appears to be an "it".
Rural Bumpkin

Glen Ellyn, IL

#22 Jan 12, 2008
Whether or not folks like it, Wilmington has a 'stigma' about it. I grew up in the Beecher/Peotone area and can remember hearing the 'hammer' stories even in grade school. It was an easy thing to quietly mumble 'hammer time' and 'yellow bird' during sporting events in high school and throw our opposing team members from Wilmington off kilter. I played catcher during my school baseball career and always 'messed' with the opposing batters. One particular Wilmington batter didn't take kindly to my banter, decided to step back in the batter's box and took my catcher's mask off with his next swing of the bat. Luckily I was unhurt and didn't retalliate. The umpire promptly threw the kid out of the game and ended up having to physically remove his father out of the stands once his kid told him what I was chatting about. While I was always competitive in sports, I never 'got' the whole rival town thing (i.e.- hate them for where they live).

In any case, I now work in the NW suburbs with a couple of folks that grew up in Wilmington. I was talking with one of them one day and our home towns came up in conversation. When I mentioned my home town, the Wilmington native had a brief moment of uncomfortable silence. A couple of minutes later he stated that he wasn't a Yellow Hammmer, ya know. I had a brief flashback to the baseball diamond, then broke out laughing in total amazement at his sincerity. Here we are, 20 years out of school, and he breaks out that comment. It is amazing how long a bad stigma can stick with some folks.

To further cap the conversation, here is an excerpt from what my coworker sent to me later that same day...we still laugh about it:

IF being from Wilmington makes one a Yellowhammer, then I am guilty. However, when one is from Wilmington, the determination factors are different.

--I have most of my teeth <minus wisdoms> and I actually own and use a toothbrush.

--No relations with family members.

--My mother was from a different country, therefore should not have been related to my father.

--I only parked a car in the yard to wash it or overnight because the driveway was full.

--I did not have to repeat any grades and actually graduated from HS and College.

--I recognized the Mayor of Wilmington as the official Mayor, not the Mayor of Hammertown.

--I bathe regularly.

--The whole “neighborhood” I lived in was not torn down and burned after the owner passed away and her son in law took over. THIS actually happened!!

--I lived EAST of the Kankakee River.

--Our screen door had a screen in it.

--No extra furniture in the front yard.

--I did not hang the sign on the “Welcome to Wilmington” sign saying “Home of the Yellowhammers”. This did happen also.

--Was only partly involved in the group trying to organize a “Hammerfest” after Catfish Days was cancelled.
History Lesson

United States

#23 Jul 25, 2008
History of the Yellow Hammer - Yes a Yellowhammer is a bird, hence Alabama being the Yellow Hammer state. The source of the Yellow Hammer term in Wilmington goes back to the sixties or seventies. What is now Davy lane used to be nothing but woods. Back in those woods lived a group of inbred, poor, uneducated people. They quite literally lived in huts with no floors. They would steal tools from workers who I believe were working out at the arsenal and they got tired of this and began painting them yellow so they could be identified as stolen by what we now know as "Yellow Hammers". When ownership of the land changed hands they were all run out. Most of the families associtated with that area no longer even live in the Wilmington Area
Dingleberry

Springfield, WI

#24 Jul 25, 2008
I grew up in Coal City but slept with a hammer in High School and I ended up in Godley. What does that make me? BTW, my trailer doesn't have a mirror to look at myself, thats why I may look a bit discheveled.
CC mom

Cicero, IL

#25 Jul 26, 2008
I grew up in Braidwood then moved to Coal City eight years ago and have friends in Wilmington and everyone I have met have been about the same.
WildBill

Wilmington, IL

#28 Feb 15, 2013
LOL! Who you bullshiters trying to fool wilmington is documented by the state for its incest familys!
Ready2

Wilmington, IL

#29 Feb 16, 2013
Local wrote:
You can only make those comments hiding behind your fake name, step into any of these mentioned towns local bars and say that shit. Trust me , you won't make the door , unbelievable!!!
Did your Wilmington mama name you Local or Yokel. Lol
DHSworker

Wilmington, IL

#30 Feb 16, 2013
I work for the dhs and i can back up the claim that we do in fact have documented records on Wilmingtons incest problems. So go and nick name it a bird or a hammer it will not change that Wilmington is a troubled place.
Nerf war professional

Roselle, IL

#31 Feb 16, 2013
They are ok , unless they move somewhere else. One moved to my town. First thing the woman says " I don't know why everyone hates me?" Within one week we knew why. Her kids are psychos, thieves, she's no better , wrote two bad checks in town in one month, got caught cheating on her old man, he left, and she is the most deceitful witch I personally have met. If anyone else from there is half as bad as her,Oh Geese! You can't grift in a small town, everyone knows everyone!
Mike

Wilmington, IL

#32 Feb 18, 2013
Talk about people not having lives. I think you all need to get a hobby. Bashing near by towns if what you do?

Looks like someone needs to get a job, I'm sick of paying your welfare.
WildBill

Wilmington, IL

#33 Feb 23, 2013
Nerf war professional wrote:
They are ok , unless they move somewhere else. One moved to my town. First thing the woman says " I don't know why everyone hates me?" Within one week we knew why. Her kids are psychos, thieves, she's no better , wrote two bad checks in town in one month, got caught cheating on her old man, he left, and she is the most deceitful witch I personally have met. If anyone else from there is half as bad as her,Oh Geese! You can't grift in a small town, everyone knows everyone!
Pretty much all of Wilmington people are like that pure evil and dumber than shit
Haha

Wilmington, IL

#34 Feb 23, 2013
I moved to the area for work a year ago from the NW burbs and I find all this hatred amongst small towns for each other funny. I hope you all realize, that to the rest of the civilized world, especially those who live in populated areas, that ALL of you are just a bunch of hillbillies. None of us can tell the difference between a Braidwood, Wilmington, or Coal City resident. You all ride tractors, fly confederate flags, and share in an intense spirit of heavy racism.

At least you finally have indoor plumbing
Republic360

Wilmington, IL

#35 Feb 24, 2013
Wilmington people are some of the most horrorable people you will ever meet all there women have 6 or seven kids and there man dont work and there mooching welfare or riding the unemployment out cause there to lazy to work.But the sad part is when you talk to them and you realize how dumb they are from inbreading and that they actually think there smart.
Nancy

Hazel Crest, IL

#36 Feb 24, 2013
There r a lot of scumbags in every town.
Chatterbug

Wilmington, IL

#37 Feb 24, 2013
Nancy wrote:
There r a lot of scumbags in every town.
Your right but Wilmington tops the cake with low lifes
DoctorBen

Wilmington, IL

#38 Mar 8, 2013
Chatterbug wrote:
<quoted text> Your right but Wilmington tops the cake with low lifes
I don't know Braidwood is really weird place lots of mentally disturbed people in that town none of them make a lick of sense when you talk to them real spooky shit man.

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